SAT Subject US History Practice Question 434: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 434

55. Which of the following Broadway musicals was the center of a series of court cases that established the tenet that the content of paid theatrical performances, no matter how offensive some might find it, is fully protected by the First Amendment?

A. Chicago
B. Hair
C. The Cradle Will Rock
D. The Who's Tommy
E. Oh, Calcutta!

Correct Answer: B


Hairoffended many with its nudity, strong language, and criticism of mainstream American society. Nevertheless, the courts ruled that it was clearly protected under the First Amendment right to free speech.

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